Air Acacia — Minneapolis to Venice (Italy) in only seconds.
Must be a ceramic golf ball….
Nope! Just a Titleist. LOL
Ummm … not by air.
There must be some quantum math involved here.
Nope, just the rule of funny.
Her aim’s off. A couple more inches to the right and she have sunk the gondola.
“You sunk my gondola!”
Aw, I always used to hide my gondola on A-4.
Now I need a new strategy.
Hahahah, oh man the strip was good but ‘you sunk my gondola’ made me bust out laughing. Awesome.
If you cut a perfectly straight tunnel from any place on the Earth’s surface to any other (that is, cutting the chord of the Earth’s circumference), evacuated it to remove air resistance, and installed maglev tracks, a vehicle could travel from one end to the other strictly under the power of gravity.
That’s because the mid-point of the tunnel would be closer to the center of the Earth than the ends, making it “downhill” in gravitational terms.
So the vehicle would fall downwards to the middle of the tunnel, and then continue “upward” on momentum to the other end. Basically, it’s a pendulum action.
Here’s the Really Interesting Part:
No matter how long the tunnel was, it would take exactly the same amount of time to go from one end to the other roughly 42 minutes, if i’ve done the math right – the period of a pendulum with a length equal to the Earth’s radius.
(Oddly enough, according to Wikipedia, the physicist who re-popularised the idea in the mid-60s was named Paul Taylor…)
I first encountered the idea in Martin Gardner’s notes in the original edition of The Annotated Alice, published in 1960, five or six years before Taylor “rediscovered” the concept…
I first came across the idea in a Sci-Fi book written in 1964. Beyond the Barrier by Damon Knight. Terrible book but the idea stuck in my head.
the question whose answer is 42? 😛
The “non-MIAMI” DOLPHINS .
Interestingly enough, this has already been done. A tunnel intended for transcontinental mail delivery was drilled between Alameda, CA and Weehawken, NJ. Although it was never used for its intended purpose — the mail tended to get badly browned while passing through the midpoint — it is now used for an important service. See http://www.idlewords.com/2007/04/the_alameda-weehawken_burrito_tunnel.htm
PS. Believe this at your own risk.
Curiously, one year earlier (likely to the same day?) NPR reported on a trans-continental coffee pipeline to ship Starbucks coffee from Seattle to the East Coast.
Maybe that’s the reason Starbucks coffee tastes burnt?
42 minutes? 42?
DAMN! Adams knew something!
I bet Foaly freaked when that thing shot though. Mud Men, you have to watch out for them.
Seems more frustraitedly angry now than just pure angry.
Which is better 🙂 you can play with frustraitedly angry.
Or in Brandi’s case, have more fun and not play with it.
Wasn’t that an old joke punchline?
What does the true sadist do to the masochist?
Nothing at all.
Did you hear the one about the masochist that said “Hit me” and the sadist said “No”?
I think we’ll just have to call comic license here and let it go at that. No way that ball would survive. Nor create such a small hole on ground contact.
Either that, or Bud knows just exactly how much English to put on a golf ball.
The mind boggles, trying to figure out how she got in the amount of practice needed to learn that, without leaving the planet looking like Swiss cheese.
I think it means spin, in cricket anyway.
Billiards slang (I think) for spin, which alters the ball’s trajectory or otherwise makes it act in a not-obvious manner. Unless I misremember, of course… it’s late.
ah okies 🙂
Sounds cool i suppose
I am no longer English! I am Spinnish!
I should not go near Popeye! He may get confuzzled.
:-0 Bud should put Paula on a ball and send her somewhere. 🙄
According to the dictionary, in England it’s “side”. in the US and Canada it’s “English”, for the spin on a ball. There is also “body english” for the motions people tend to use to try to get a ball to curve after it’s already gone.
As opposed to the body electric… 😛
You have it right. I have a good friend that is a Billiards player. The term also works on all pool table games and sometimes you will catch a bowler using it.
yeah AFAIK in cricket its ‘english’ dunno where thats UK or oz slang….
billiards slang is of course different.. the balls are not meant to leave the ‘pitch’.. 🙂
Not only the skill to get the ball to penetrate, and end up in a recognizable place, but to have just enough mojo to erupt up out of the earth, not at a supersonic speed (or hyper-sonic), but kinda wobbling and barely making it. Now THAT’s some good control!
Yup… I don’t know how many zeros after the decimal point are required for that sort of precision, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough in my numerals bag here.
If she can manage that after a full fifth of mezcal, it’d be impressive to see just what sort of precise tricks she can pull off when completely sober (and not suffering from a fifth-of-mezcal hangover, which I understand is in the “Please, $DEITY, let me die now!” category).
um I think there is enough theorizing yesterday, on the effects of a golemgirl accelerated golf-ball…. :O
as for ‘blasting’ it through the planet, hm, some special apotropaic and toon physics at work… 😛 😀
Are you saying that she has control “at the speed of plot”?
I was thinking the same thing.
Absolutely impossible even with a sun-moving level of strength. Still hilarious though. XD
maybe magic was involved 🙂
Maybe she poited it just before it hit the ground. Probably not, but it would work that way.
Mmmm… I don’t know about “comic license” there. Yeah, sure, it happens in comics and maybe this is a case of it. But … in Wapsi, there’ve been a lot of things that we all dismissed as comic license when we read them that turned out not to be.
Shelly’s strength being the best example. For years it just seemed like it was a funny joke that Shelly would toss engine blocks around when she was mad. Now we know that it wasn’t.
So… I suspect that Bud really did throw a golf ball through the earth. How? Who knows, it should have disintegrated if she really threw it that hard. So let’s call it “magic”. I’m going to assume it really happened.
Bellisario’s Maxim and Hodgson’s Law at work.
Besides, if you notice, she threw it at an angle.
yes, if it passed through the center, it would end up in the southern indian ocean…
hat ball went through the Earth and ended up in the antipodes of Wapsi Square which is Venice I guess.
I meant “That”. Damned fingers. 🙁
Not necessarily. It went into the ground at an angle, so it would have only gone through portion of the earth. As I recall, someone did the math and found that, were one to dig through the earth, starting in the the US, one would end up in the ocean, not China (or Venice).
Unless you start in Hawaii, in which case you’d end up in Botswana.
I noticed the ball came out straight up. That would mean it would have started just southeast of New Zealand. But I’m sayin’ there was some refraction going on, and a whole lot of Wapsiphysics. 😀
Yes. Opposite most of the Lower 48 is the Indian Ocean.
Easiest way is to take your latitude and longitude, switch N and S latitudes, and switch E and W longitude, but use 180°-longitude as the number. Then look at a map.
Example: Chicago is about 42°N 87°W. Antipodes then is 42°S 93°E, about halfway between Perth, Australia, and Kerguelen Island.
~Wikipedia “In the British Isles, “the Antipodes” is often used to refer to Australia and New Zealand, and “Antipodeans” to their inhabitants”
Which confuzzled me slightly and made me google the word 😀
In geography, the antipodes (from Greek: ντίποδες,from anti- “opposed” and pous “foot”) of any place on Earth is the point on the Earth’s surface which is diametrically opposite to it.
So…learned something new 😛 Kinda…
If you watched the last two episodes of Torchwood you not only learnt “antipodes”, but you learnt what was antipodeal to Singapore.
i watched em.
missed the word in the episodes though 🙂
Shanghai, not Singapore.
um, no, see above link.. 🙂
ugh, I mean above Maark30’s comment in this section….
I love the gondolier’s expression. Something like “Third one this week. Damnedest thing.”
Would you believe that spontaneously appearing golf balls are a common occurrence in certain professions?
Less messy than frequent rains of frogs, I suppose…
It happened to me when I was working across the street from a driving range! 8)
If she wants someone with whom to fight, I suggest she find another sunken sub. Or maybe poit to the Sphinx home world. I think the problem is she has lost her usual equally indestructable opponent and Brandi don’t play like dat.
Haha!! Well at least she’s honest.
Good for Brandi though. Just ignore people. That will bug them more than giving them attention.
Hope the water in Venice doesn’t drain because of that hole. XD
I don’t know if it was mentioned already, but a thought just occurred to me.
What if Bud is partially upset because now that Jin’s “human” and more delicate now, the only person left that equal Buds in strength is Brandi. But unlike Jin who was more than willing to go toe to toe with Bud, Brandi has no interest in conflict. Therefore the only “punching bag” that Bud had that she could unleash her frustration on (and that wouldn’t be obliterated by it) is gone.
Now, this is certainly not the MAIN thing bothering her, I’m sure. But maybe it’s part of it.
wonder how much shellinx could take 🙂
Hmm… not sure. While we constantly been shown these insane feats of strength by the GGs, we’ve never really been shown the extent of a Sphinx’s strength in this comic.
But something tells me they wouldn’t hold up. A sphinx is strong and obviously capable of taking down even the strongest humans and probably other mythological beings, but could they really hold their own against beings that make stones out of apples by crushing them, effortlessly launch golf balls into space, and have at one point turned Earth into a glass parking lot?
Granted, this is speculation, but I wager no.
Otherwise, the GGG wouldn’t have been nearly the threat they’re considered to be, if Phix or one of her kind (of which, even if the numbers are smaller now, were once many during the lifetime of the GGG) could have just subdued them with ease.
. . . Quite.
It must be said that saving humans was never the sphinxes’ duty.
This also kinda of reminds me of something I remember Superman saying once.
I cannot for the life of me remember the details, but Superman was about to go head on with this villain that truly rivaled him in strength. And Superman actually admitted that he was excited because his whole life was spent being cautious and delicate, because our world just isn’t durable enough to handle someone as strong as him. He could effortlessly crush a normal like a grape. And he had finally found someone with whom he didn’t have to hold back.
“I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard, always taking constant care not to break something, to break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment, or someone could die. But you can take it, can’t you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am.”
Is that the line you’re thinking of?
That’s the one!!
I imagine the GG’s kinda feel the same way.
Sort of the flip side of Niven’s “Man of Steel, woman of tissue paper” discussion, no?
You mentioning superman, suddenly reminded me of the comic where theThing got stuck in a rut of self-pity, and She-Hulk goaded him in slugging it out in a demolition site, so he could let go of his frustration but good. So, maybe there is a point to what is said above. Bud being frustrated because there’s no-one left to phisycally “vent”.
@Jay-Em: Especially since Bud has such a short fuse and has yet to find an alternate way to vent her frustration (source: her growing diamond collection).
“I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard.”
— Kal El
“People are no more than soap bubbles to me.”
— Acacia Budur
The Villain that Superman said that to was Darksied when Apocolypse (the planet Darksied rules) tried to conquer Earth.
I think it’s safe to say that the molten material in the plasma wake of Bud’s golf ball would flow in behind it sealing the channel.
Sweet baby Jesus! Seismologists the world over will be freaking out over the anomalous readings their sensors will have detected.
Bud i really wouldn’t continue on the course of action.
Brandi seems okay right now but seems like she has something on her mind other than your tantrum?
Wouldn’t that create some sort of an issue with high pressure magma rushing out of the holes that have freshly been punctured in the crust and mantle of the earth?
like … :sigh: I’m going to just shut up now.
A wizard did it!
(fixed the holes)
Gotta love it. Drunk world-smashing chimeral golem girls… fine. Sphinx-human hybrids… no problem. Time-looping calendar machines… nobody blinks an eye. Demon-infested baristas who stock great pastries and speak in riddles… an everyday sight.
A flying golf ball… well, that requires comic license.
Life’s good around here 🙂
The difference is we don’t know how any of those other things work, yet they do. There’s nothing we can really go on concerning them or their actions/reactions/physics/metaphysics etc. A golf ball, on the other hand, is a well known quantity, as is momentum and energy displacement. Good old known physics tells us it would not happen as shown. Thus giving it a pass in the name of humor.
Oh, I get the distinctiont… and I enjoy it immensely!
No rushing Magma but maybe a nice water feature in the girl’s backyard?
Tiny hole, quick seal maybe?
Oh yes. As it passed through the magma, the holes would be quickly sealed by the stuff. It might even flow into the hold shaft a few miles, but would eventually slow down and cool, plugging it. The water flowing in from Venice would contain enough silt and marine life to seall it off from that end in short order as well. Not sure what natural forces would seal it off from the Wapsi end, however.
Just need to hope, at that angle, she didn’t obliterate any water or gas lines.
Or secret underground societies.
I assume that is Venice, Italy, and not Venetian, Las Vegas?
Who knows? [url=http://izismile.com/2009/06/29/china_has_built_its_own_ivenice_25_pics.html]It could be in China[/url], but the mustache makes me doubt it.
My brother works there for the Venetian, he was visiting home a while back and showed us some plans of the place, they have some “suites” that have over 5000 square feet of floor space EACH!, and their balcony’s overlook the three (i think that is how many, i don’t remember for sure now) Olympic sized swimming pools on the 3rd floor!!
You guys must have never really pissed off a woman. The laws of space/time/gravity, ect. don’t mean anything to the powers of an angry woman!
*nods in agreement*
Still, no woman could ever do THAT which Bud just did.
Even though I caught a few slaps to the face in my life, and all of them were painful.
Uberpetty- Bows with deep respect. You speak a great truth.
wow… I am very impressed with Brandi’s maturity, since it is hard to pull yourself out like that when you are worried about the people involved. It’s a much more interesting response than getting caught up in the other person’s frustrated behavior (and I sympathize with Bud’s reaction to it, since I am much more often in her part of that scenario than the other ^_^7).
Agreed. I’m really looking forward to their discussion. It’s going to be a great character expression situation where they can really shine as themselves. I also hope for some character growth. I like to see characters learn and evolve. Hooray!
I also hope that one day Brandi and Bud find someone special to be with, the way Kevin and Monica have.
Brandi’s been with Bud for centuries, and she’s a little less reactionary and more intuitive. She probably knows the ‘game’ Bud’s playing better than Bud herself does at this point.
Dang, I love the “patooie” sound effect there. XD
Reminds me of reading somewhere, long ago, that “Beloit” is the sound you get when you drop a marble into a toilet. 🙂
“The only winning move is not to play.”
War Games (1980s?)
A truer statement has never been made
Nope. Joshua, a primitive sort of golem.
Grrr. This was supposed to be a reply to Dave, above.
(Psst – The computer in “War Games”)
Off topic, but using this Instructable –
I made this –
two of my favourite sites joined in harmony on a t-shirt 😀 awsome 😀
It’s getting to be an odd week. first Kevin and Kell use a similar powdered donut gag that Charlie Sheen did on Friday’s tonight Show. I just picked up Supergirl #1 (DC rebooted the Universe this week in the aftermath to Flashpoint) and her meteor/spaceship crashes in Kansas but travels through the Earths mantle and ends up in Siberia
To me it was obvious the throw was more poit than projectile. The ball was still intact in Venice.
The thud could just as well have been caused by the collapse of air behind the ball, much like what causes thunder.
That’s doesn’t make sense. Why would Bud poit it? She’s pissed. She’s TRYING to cause damage.
And why poit it to Venice?
Goshdarnit! Why can’t you people just let a cartoon be a cartoon. If Wile E. Coyote can dig to China then Bud can launch a golf ball through the earth to Venice.
all paul had to do was write ‘acme’ on the golf balls and all would be fine 🙂
That’s odd. Last night just after the comic posted, I was the first commenter – and I mentioned “Bradi”? that Bud slurred out. Wasn’t sure if it was a typo or deliberate, but the post has disappeared – and “Bradi” remains…..
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